Sloppy inventory

    Philadelphia City Controller Alan Butkovitz has issued his audit report of the Department of Public Health, criticizing the agency for its failure to take an annual inventory.

     

    In his report, Butkovitz found $46,000 worth of missing equipment from the department’s $12 million inventory.

    “The failure by DPH to conduct an annual inventory of its physical assets not only raises serious questions about accurate record keeping, security and potential theft of city property, it caused the City to list a false value in its asset ledger for equipment that it did not possess,” Butkovitz wrote.

    By not checking inventory, as is required annually by the city’s Home Rule Charter, DPH further opens itself up to theft.

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